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USC Global Conference News

Global Challenges and Enhancing Opportunities Hong Kong, October 13-15, 2011

Topic: Event Coverage

From the South China Morning Post and Finance Asia

Media coverage of the 2011 USC Global Conference included an op-ed by USC president C. L. Max Nikias; an article on USC alumnus Frank Gehry; and an article in FinanceAsia on sustainable economic growth in the international marketplace.

Conference Close Pays Tribute to Ronnie Chan, Announces New Programs

HONG KONG (For Immediate Release)—The 2011 USC Global Conference came to a close after a whirlwind of activity, encompassing nonstop networking among the Trojan alumni; academic presentations by distinguished members of USC faculty; and a memorable evening of ceremony and splendor during the closing dinner.

 

USC Leadership with Keynote Speaker Thomas Friedman

In appreciation of Pulitzer Prize-winning author Thomas L. Friedman’s highly successful keynote address to the attendees of the 2011 USC Global Conference in Hong Kong, USC leadership—including USC president C. L. Max Nikias (second from left); Elizabeth Garrett, provost and senior vice president for academic affairs; and USC Trustee and conference co-chair Ronnie Chan (far right)—presented Mr. Friedman with an athletic team jacket showing the Trojan spirit.  Fight on!

“The Future of Business in a Global World” Stirs Media Attention


HONG KONG (For Immediate Release)—The USC Global Conference plenary panel on “The Future of Business in a Global World,” organized and moderated by USC Trustee Ronnie Chan—chairman of Hang Lung Group Limited and Hang Lung Properties Limited—drew the attention of dozens of regional media interested in the views of some of the most influential minds of the business world in Asia as they forecasted the direction of regional and world economies in an increasingly interconnected global environment. 

The discussants included one of the most recent additions to the USC Board of Trustees, Chengyu Fu, chairman of China Petrochemical Corporation (SINOPEC Group), Asia’s largest oil refiner.  Mr. Fu, highly regarded in the energy industry, is a USC alumnus with a master’s

Opening Night Gala

HONG KONG (For Immediate Release) The 2011 USC Global Conference opened with a roaring success—a lion’s roar, that is—as USC president C. L. Max Nikias (r.) and Hong Kong Finance Secretary John Tsang (l.) inaugurated the three-day conference with a ceremonial “waking” of a lion in a traditional Chinese lion dance. The waking was a symbol of both the beginning of the conference, and the larger emergence of the “Age of the Pacific” that is a focus of the University of Southern California.

Co-Chair Profile: Ronnie Chan

Co-chair of the 2011 USC Global Conference and a USC Trustee, Ronnie Chan is chairman of Hang Lung Group, which has been a leader in Hong Kong’s commercial property market for over 40 years.  He is also co-founder of the Morningside group, which owns and manages companies around the world that focus on manufacturing, public transport, media, healthcare, and biotech investments.

Introduction

Under the banner of “Global Challenges and Enhancing Opportunities,” USC hosts its 2011 Global Conference in Hong Kong Oct. 13 to 15. Remarks by USC president C. L. Max Nikias and a keynote address by Thomas L. Friedman set the stage for a program of leading experts providing global perspectives on technologies and the economy, global health and the environment, and governance and cultural landscapes. Follow us on Twitter #USCHK.